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Operation Backpack

Operation Backpack started our 19th year by providing 989 students with school supplies this summer. This assistance was only possible because of our giving and caring community! Thank YOU!!

During the school year, please let your school Principal or Counselor know when a student is in need of supplies.  We will provide the assistance as long as supplies are available throughout the year. 

Supplies and monetary donations are very much appreciated to support our year-round program! Monetary donations may be written to The Endowment Fund, marked for Operation Backpack, and mailed or brought to McDowell County Schools, 334 South Main Street, PO Box 130, Marion, NC 28752. Supply donations may be brought to this same location.

Originally organized in 1998 and administrated by the Endowment Fund of the Public Schools of McDowell County, the goal of Operation Backpack is to provide all underprivileged children in McDowell County Public Schools with a new backpack and school supplies. Through the gracious giving of our community and others, school supply assistance has been provided directly to over 600 McDowell County School students each year. It is our wish that no child returns to school without the necessary supplies. Although the majority of the supplies are distributed during the few weeks prior to school starting, Operation Backpack is a year-round project and will supply students all year when needs arise. Supplies that are given to students include, but are not limited to; Backpacks, 3 ring binders, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, erasers, ballpoint pens, pencils: #2 & colored, 24 count crayons, glue: bottles & sticks, safety scissors, markers, and pencil boxes/pouches.

Summer school assistance to students by year:

2013  623

2014  646

2015  740

2016  802

2017 989 

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Melanie Dunham at 828-652-4535 x106 or